16 Apr

9 Reasons Why People Break Their Mortgages

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Posted by: Jeff Parsons

Did you know that 60 per cent of people break their mortgage before their mortgage term matures? Most homeowners are blissfully unaware that when you break your mortgage with your lender, you will incur penalties and those penalties can be painfully expensive. Many homeowners are so focused on the rate that they are ignorant about […]

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10 Apr

Setting Up Your HELOC

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Posted by: Jeff Parsons

A HELOC, or, Home Equity Line of Credit, can be one of the greatest gifts you give yourself. Borrowing money against your home as you accumulate equity through a shrinking mortgage or an increasing property value- something almost many people in the Vancouver and Toronto markets can relate to. With all this increasing value and […]

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29 Mar

Reverse mortgage – Some common misconceptions

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Posted by: Jeff Parsons

The words reverse mortgage carry some negative connotation. What does it really mean? What makes reverse mortgage different than a regular or demand mortgage in Canada? There are no payments required if 1 applicant lives in the home. Payments can be made if they wish, they are truly optional. No medical required and limited income […]

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19 Mar

What Is a “Monoline” Lender?

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Posted by: Jeff Parsons

What usually follows once someone hears the term “Monoline Lender” for the first time is a feeling of suspicion and lack of trust. It’s understandable, I mean why is this “bank” you’ve never heard of willing to loan you money when you’ve never banked with them before? In an effort to help you see the […]

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1 Mar

4 Signs You’re Ready For Homeownership

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Posted by: Jeff Parsons

While most people know the main things they need to buy a home, such as stable employment and enough money for a down payment, there are a few other factors that may help you realize you’re ready, perhaps even earlier than you thought! As a mortgage broker, it is my job to ensure that each […]

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21 Feb

RRSP – Use home buyers’ plan (HBP) more than once

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Posted by: Jeff Parsons

Under the home buyers’ plan, a participant and his or her spouse or common- law partner is allowed to withdraw up to $25,000 from his or her RRSP to buy a home. Before 1999, only the first- time home buyers are permitted to buy a home under this plan. Now a person can take an […]

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2 Nov

How to Get a Mortgage After Bankruptcy

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Posted by: Jeff Parsons

Bankruptcy is always the last resort-and it’s never easy or comfortable. However, sometimes it is the only option to turn to when life throws you something unexpected. The lasting impression it can have on one’s financial profile though can be overwhelming. If you have bankruptcy in your past, don’t fear-we have 6 steps to take […]

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31 Oct

5 Simple Steps to Owning Your Own Home

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Posted by: Jeff Parsons

Often, the route to owning your own home can seem like a trip to the moon and back. Really though, it comes down to five key steps: 1 – Manage your credit wisely. If there is one thing that will gum up the purchase of that perfect home, it’s an unwise purchase or extra credit […]

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29 Sep

Paperwork You MUST Keep

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Posted by: Jeff Parsons

As a mortgage professional there are things I wish more people were aware of which is why we are going to take a look into the paperwork we all need to hold onto to avoid frustration or even a decline when applying for a mortgage. Each of the following is taken from real life observations […]

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